LISBON — While Lisbon pitcher Nick Austin was busy keeping Mt. Abram baseball team off-balance from the mound, the Greyhounds took the opportunity to splurge on offense with nine key hits.

Austin went the distance and the rest of the Greyhounds had his back on defense, as Lisbon emerged with an 11-2 victory Wednesday over the Roadrunners in a Mountain Valley Conference game.

Much-improved Mt. Abram (5-6) held its own for a couple of innings before giving way to Lisbon’s depth. Austin struck out eight batters and gave up four hits.

“He was pretty much in control the whole game,” Lisbon coach Randy Ridley said. “He walked a couple of kids here and there, but he settled in and threw strikes and the defense did what they were supposed to — make plays. So it was a good outing for him. It is the first time he has gone the distance all year so it was good to extend him a little bit in this game.”

In the top of the first inning, the Roadrunners came at the Greyhounds.

Sam Strek got on with a walk and moved to second base on an Evan MacKay bunt and a passed ball. Strek came home on Ben DeBiase’s flyout to left field and the Roadrunners had a 1-0 lead.

“We got caught early in the game trying to get things going a little bit too quickly,” Ridley said. “We got to get base hits when people are in scoring position. I thought we hit the ball well to all fields.

The Roadrunners’ one-run cushion didn’t last long, though.

Lisbon scored three runs in the third inning thanks to a dropped strike, a couple of walks, several stolen bases and an RBI single by outfielder Cole Bolduc (two hits).

From there on in, the Greyhounds would score in every inning except the first.

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